South Africa, Development Research (SA GER CDR)

NGCL hosts handing over ceremony of 5 scholarships for the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain

The Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) hosted the handing over ceremony of five (5) scholarships for the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain. The scholarships are offered annually by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the African Excellence initiative, since 2009. These scholarships are the driving force behind stimulating home-grown Namibian students and professionals to pursue logistics and transportation at master’s degree level at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

The event took place at the NUST Hotel School, on the 19th of April 2018.

Ms Barbara Liebel, the DAAD representative to Namibia delivered the keynote and emphasised the mandate of DAAD and its support through the different centres across Africa, highlighting NGCL as the only in the field of logistics.

The Vice Chancellor highlighted on the NGCL being a vital part of NUST by linking the academic and private sector to develop skills and drive research in logistics.

NGCL is an all-in-one excellence institute, combining education, research and consulting in logistics. The Centre is based on a cooperation between the NUST and Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Calls for Application: Master Programs of the NEW West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT) in Ghana and Niger, 2018

Dear colleagues,

since last November the West African Center for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT) has joined the African Excellence initiative. It is run in collabotration between the Center for Development Research (ZEF) University of Bonn, Germany, the Université Abdou Moumouni (UAM) in Niamey, Niger, the University for Development Studies (UDS), Wa and Tamale, Ghana and Institute for Social and Economic Research (SSER) of the University of Ghana. For more information see:

Apart from the enhancement of research and teaching infrastructure, capacity building, academic networking it also provides stipends for master students in three new/reviewed master programs addressing sustainable rural transformation from and inter/multidisciplinary perspective:

  • Integrated Master Program in Sustainable Transformation of Rural Areas (Faculty of Science and Technology, UAM (M. Sc.)
  • Master Program in Development Management, Faculty of Planning and Land Management, UDS, Wa (M. Phil.)
  • Master Program in Agricultural Economics, Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Science, UDS, Tamale (M. Phil)

The calls are open for ainternational applicants. Deadline for application is the 31.05.2018

Please find links to the the respective calls below.

Best regards.

Wolfram Laube

Advert DAAD Scholarship 2018 MPhil Dev. Mgt


Application Call IMP-SRT


The Continuous Visit of President Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan to Uganda without Being Arrested Leaves the ICC in Dilemma

The president of the Sudan, Omar al-Bashir has consecutively visited Uganda in both May 2016 and November 2017 and returned to his country without being arrested. president Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in the Darfur region.

Uganda as a member state to the Rome statute is obligated to arrest president Omar al-Bashir on sight in Uganda but has always defied the ICC.

From these developments we may realize that;
1. the ICC’s dependency on individual state cooperation leaves it ineffective
2. the absence of international law enforcing institutions in individual states cripples its would be strength especially in arresting fugitives.
3. Africa seems to have become hostile to the ICC’s operations and the hostility is likely to keep growing.
4. The ICC needs to re-strategize on enforcement measures of the Rome Statute.
5. Probably, indicting those who fail to arrest fugitives present in their states to the ICC will force them to choose between inviting fugitives to their countries or effect the arrest so that they are not arrested.
6. The rate of non-cooperation from member states is a serious set-back for international and transnational criminal justice

NEW DAAD Sur-Place Stipend Program for the Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies

The Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS) is a DAAD Center of African Excellence established at the University of Ghana in collaboration between ZEF and the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER). Since its inception in 2008, the GGCDS has successfully established a PhD program in Development Studies and promoted academic exchange and research collaborations between German and African partners.

As an important step to ensure the sustainability of the GGCDS, the DAAD has selected ISSER as host institution for part of its West African Sur-Place/in-Region stipend program. Beginning in 2017, three batches of seven students from Ghana and other African countries will be sponsored for four years each to obtain their PhD in Development Studies. The current program runs until 2022 but can be prolonged after a successful evaluation in 2019.


The objective of the DAAD Sur-Place/In-Region scholarship program is to train highly qualified professionals for the sustainable development of Africa and to contribute to the development of top-quality, cosmopolitan African universities.


For further information:

Call for applications – International Alumni Conference

The South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) at UWC/Cape Town (South Africa) together with the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE) of Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) is happy to host the international conference

“Tackling the root causes of displacement in Sub Sahara Africa”
taking place 26 November – 01 December 2017 in Cape Town/South Africa

Alumni of diverse study programmes at the South African-German Centre for Development Research at UWC/Cape Town, the Ghanaian-German Centre for Development Studies at the University of Ghana, the Tanzanian-German Centre for Eastern African Legal Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam, the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics at Namibia University of Science and Technology/Windhoek, the South African-German Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice at UWC/Cape Town, the Congolese-German Centre for Microfinance at the Congo Protestant University/Kinshasa, the East and South African-German Centre for Educational Research at the Moi-University/Eldoret (Kenya) and the Kenyan Centre for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management at Taita Taveta University College/Voi are invited to participate at the conference, contributing actively by sharing their experiences and knowledge concerning the abovementioned points of interest.

On four days, approximately 50 conference participants – practitioners, researchers and students – will discuss different aspects of the topic, introduced by invited speakers of relevant organizations (UNHCR, IOM) who will present the current status and consequences of displacement in Sub-Sahara Africa and reflect on the role of (regular and irregular) migration in relation to displacement. The African Excellence Centres will introduce their areas of expertise and their link to the conference topic and will integrate their recent research activities and the professional experience of participating Alumni.

The conference is financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

For more information please have a look at the detailed Call.
For inquiries, please refer to Britta Niklas (

New Publications at the South African-German Centre for Development Research


Davison Muchadenyika, PhD candidate at the SA-GER CDR published a new paper titled ‘Multi-Donor Trust Funds and Fragile States: Assessing the Aid Effectiveness of the Zimbabwe Multi-Donor Trust Fund’.

Research for this paper was largely conducted during Davison worked on his Master thesis for the Bochum Programme of Development Management.

Davison is one of the most active PhD students regarding puplications and already published 3 papers in 2015:

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Land for Housing: A Political Resource – Reflections from Zimbabwe’s urban areas. Journal of Southern African Studies, 41 (6): 1219-1238.

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Women Struggles and Large-scale Diamond Mining in Marange, Zimbabwe. The Extractive Industries and Society, 2 (2015): 714-721.

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Slum Upgrading and Inclusive Municipal Governance in Harare, Zimbabwe: New Perspectives for the Urban Poor. Habitat International, 48 (2015): 1-10.


Musings on my visit to Flensburg University of Applied Sciences

Visiting the Centre for Business and Technology in Africa at the Flensburg University of Applied Sciences is akin to making a pilgrimage to “the north”. Arriving

Dr. Kenneth instilling knowledge
Dr. Kenneth instilling knowledge

at my destination in this historic city at the tip of the Flensburger Förde, I couldn’t help but think it as a convenient gate away from Windhoek. As if reading my mind, my host made a point of reminding me how lucky I was to arrive when it wasn’t raining. Apparently, the skies had conspired to give me a rare reception for this time of the year.

The reason for visiting this northern Germany city of 60,000 ± inhabitants was to teach in the Centre for Business and Technology in Africa Autumn School. In my briefing it has been made clear that participating in this exchange program is a ritual for new NGCL staff and therefore part and parcel of my job description. But, having been here and met students, faculty as well as the University management, I would definitely recommend it to anyone else. That said, I didn’t have to wait long after arriving before getting down to business and being introduced to the learners. In less than 24 hours I was amongst a lively group comprising German, Kenyan and Namibian students. Through DAAD and their scholarships the Namibian students had made their way to Flensburg and where gaining valuable international experience and education. Despite it being a cold and wet Saturday morning, the students showed up, and on time! The discussion in this first encounter revolved around etiquette and culture, was led by my host, Janntje Böhlke-Itzen.

Next was an invitation to present a “Management Case Study” in Prof. Thomas Schmidt’s class. This was a scheduled single three-hour session and therefore I had to make a decision whether or not to use all three cases I had prepared – a rural-, urban- or regional-scale African case. After presenting the situated facts of the case to the learners as told by the businesswomen themselves (i.e., using photovisual), the students were then given tasks to carry out. Split into three groups, they were discussed and presented (a) challenges the enterprises face, (b) how those challenges were likely to change? (c) Solutions to address identified problems, and (d) how they would you go about implementing their solutions?

The discussions followed by presentations of their ideas proved a very effective learning experience for the German students since this was new to most of them. The tasks and activities gave the everyone involved the opportunity to develop and share their ideas, applying their diverse knowledge and experiences to solving practical business and technology problems in Africa. This was a strong testament to the relevance of both the Autumn School and the Centre for Business and Technology in Africa.

My third and final dialogue with the learners was at a seminar on culture and etiquette, which turned out to be a very engaging experience for the learners as well as myself and my host. Building on the theoretical foundations of intercultural experiences developed by Janntje at the first seminar referred to earlier, this last session delved into culture as practice. Through open communication and dialogue, we explored topics such as scholarship as acculturation, plagiarism: ethical dilemma on campuses, supervisor-student relationship, driving behaviour, dress code, et cetera, using multiple (German, Kenyan and Namibian) social and cultural contexts. In the final analysis, the take home from this visit to Flensburg University of Applied Sciences is that such exchanges are more than symbolic. Their true significance lies in the deeper learning experiences they engender.

New Scholarship holders selected for the intake 2017!

Protests at South African Universities

For the intake 2017 the selection committee of the SA-GER CDR selected 4 Master and 2 Phd Students out of 230 Master and 196 PhD applications to commence their studies at the South African-German Centre for Development Research in January 2017.

We hope that they will be able to start their studies in january 2017 in time, as current scholarship holders are severly affected by the student protests against the rais of student fees at South African Universities (8% increase was announced by the government) and the closure of the University of the Western Cape (UWC). UWC, like many other universities in South Africa, closed  in order to avoid violent riots.


Photo by Ashraf Hendricks
Photo by Ashraf Hendricks

On the other hand a lot of students and as well parents demonstrate for the (re)opening of universities.
We hope that universities will open again soon and that the „fee problem“ will be solved in due time.

Alumni SA-GER CDR: My Experience as a MILEAD 2015 Fellow

Chifundo Patience Chilera, MADM graduate and South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) scholarship holder from Malawi from the 2012-2014 intake, has been selected as a fellow of one of Africa’s most influential young women leadership initiatives. She shares her experience of being a fellow of such a distinguished group.

In May 2015, the Moremi Initiative for Women Leadership In Africa named me as one of 26 Most Outstanding Emerging Young Women Leaders in Africa and by virtue, I was awarded the 2015 Moremi Initiative for Leadership Empowerment And Development (MILEAD) Fellowship to attend the Leadership Institute hosted at the University of Ghana.

Leadership Institute event

The Leadership Institute was an event that lasted three weeks. Every day, we were visited by distinguished speakers. We got to hear and learn from accomplished entrepreneurs, ranging from software developers to management consultants to social entrepreneurs; and from distinguished professors, leaders in the third sector, the corporate sector, and government officials. We also met with some of Ghana’s finest young professionals and even the boxing legend, Azumah Nelson, who is considered Africa’s greatest boxers of all time, came to spend some time with us. We had a crash course on what seemed to be everything: feminist theories, African history, photography, writing, organisational development, politics, personal motivation, public speaking, business management, civic leadership, environment, public health, fundraising, even Pilates. There were field visits to the World Bank Office and the Africa Women Development Fund headquarters in Ghana. There were also excursions to the historical Cape Coast and we got to tour the Kakum National Park, which is covered in the tropical rainforest and has a canopy walkway that is 350 meters long- I dare you to try this.

The Community of Fellows

Despite the many accomplished speakers and mentors we had, the true richness of being a MILEAD Fellow lies in being part of the community of Fellows. I have learned so much more from the 25 other Fellows I spent the time with in Ghana and continue to benefit from belonging to the wider community of about 200 Fellows from 7 cohorts, representing 44 countries.
MILEAD Experience Gruppenfotos
MILEAD class of 2015 (photo: private).

My peers in the class of 2015 were truly outstanding. Some were founders of initiatives that are making strides in leading community development and promoting the lives of women and girls. For example, one of the Fellows is an award winning young woman, who was born HIV positive and now runs an organisation called The Innocent League Uganda, raising awareness about the disease and provides counselling to young people. Another is a 13-time award-winning philanthropist who runs her own charity that sponsors the education of about 500 children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Zambia. Another is a local government councillor who also runs a non-profit organization supporting women and girls in her ward in Ghana. There was another woman from Malawi, who now runs a centre that provides physiotherapy and social support to women with children that suffer from cerebral palsy. Others were outstanding scholars from leading universities across the world, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and even doctorate studies in fields such as architecture, actuarial sciences, law, and medicine, and young professionals in the corporate sector, government and non-profit sectors.
Each one of us was at a different phase of our personal progress. While some Fellows were just starting out, some had already established their organisations from as young as 16 years of age and had made strides in their careers. And while some of us were focused on policy at the international or national levels, the work of some Fellows was community-based. We came from all over Africa and the diaspora. There were not enough dinner time conversations to allow us to tap into the depths of the wealth of experiences and passion and ambition that made the Class of 2015. I was literally overwhelmed every day, basking in such greatness.

Representing group at UN Dialogue

During my time in Ghana, I also had the opportunity to represent my year group of the UN Women Africa Rising Gender Equality Dialogue on Ending Child Marriage through Young Women’s Leadership & Activism. It was a privilege to be among the contributors to the dialogue, including Nyaradzyi Gumbonzvanda (African Union Goodwill Ambassador for Campaign to End Child Marriage), Nana Oye Lithur (Minister of Women, Children & Social Protection of Ghana), Diana Ofwona (UN Women West and Central Africa Regional Director), and Mawuli Dake (African Human Rights Advocate and also the co-founder of the Moremi Initiative).

Not like any other leadership programme

Taken at face-value, the MILEAD Fellowship programme may appear to be just like any other leadership programme for African Women. It is not.

The MILEAD Fellowship is more than the three weeks spent at the Leadership Institute. In the year following the award, Fellows design and are expected to deliver a community change project, branded as MiChange Projects. Some projects have been about introducing innovative ways to deliver the Fellow’s already existing projects. Other projects have been new establishments in response to the needs in the Fellow’s community. There have been over one hundred new MiChange projects that have been initiated, most of which have evolved and are still ongoing projects. In 2013, two Michange projects were listed for the World Youth Summit Awards, and one of which won the award. My MiChange project is called MiStory. My goal is to document and profile the stories and projects of MILEAD Fellows through a series of blogs and social media, with the ain of creating a peer-to-peer sharing hub for knowledge and experience of young people leading change. Ultimately, I hope to compile a coffee table book that will showcase the cadre of youthful women leadership that Africa has – a selection of whom have been mobilised and mentored through the MILEAD Fellowship.

On-going commitment and new opportunities

The MILEAD Fellowship is not a one-off moment that passes with time. There is seemingly no end to being a MILEAD Fellow, with a constant stream of open opportunities. Recently, through the Moremi Initiative, I was invited to speak at the United Nations 60th Session of the Commission for the Status of Women (CSW) as one of the MILEAD Fellows, at the UN Headquarters in New York. CSW, a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council, is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. I spoke at the session: “Enhancing Young Women’s Voices for Women’s Empowerment and Sustainable Development: A Multi-generational Dialogue with Emerging African Women Leaders”, which was co-hosted by the Government of Ghana, and the Moremi Initiative to an audience of over 300 people. I, like the other Fellows on the panel, engaged the audience in a discussion about strategies for promoting women’s right and equality, led by young women based on our experiences. We were also exclusively invited to be part of the Africa Women Development Fund Gala, where we met and were mentored by a group of African Women that have financed women-led initiatives in Africa by providing over 20 million USD in grants over the last 10 years.
Being a MILEAD Fellow opens many doors. There are Fellows who have been part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, and some make it to spaces such as UN Advisory Groups.
There is not a single thing that sums up the making of a leader; but for me, the MILEAD Fellowship has been one of the most impactful opportunities ever granted me, a gift that keeps on giving. I belong to a community of young women who understand that the power to lead is the commitment to serve. And serve we do.

by Chifundo Patience Chilera

South African-German Centre for Development Research (SA-GER CDR) – UWC/Cape Town

6 new scholarship holders commenced their studies in January 2016
In august 2015 the selection committee of the SA-GER CDR selected 4 Master and 2 PhD students out of 478 applicants for a Centre scholarship of 2 (MA) respectively 3 (PhD) years. In January 2016 the 6 new scholarship holders commenced their studies at the School of Government and the Institute for Social Development (ISD).
Evans Sakyi Boadu from Ghana was selected for the Master in Public Administration, whereas Metron Ziga from Zimbabwe, Phoene Oware from Kenya and Dorcas Okyere from Ghana started studying the Master in Development Studies.Jeremy Waiswa (Uganda) and Samuel Kapingidza (Zimbabwe) both started their research projects at ISD in order to obtain the PhD in International Development Studies.
New Call for scholarship applications at the SA-GER CDR open until 15th July 2016
All Master and PhD applicants for the intake 2017 have to fill in an online application form which is available on the website in the respective “How to apply” sections of each programme.
New Publications of SA-GER CDR Members – PhD Student Davison Muchadenyika recently published 3 papers, which are partly online available, Prof. John J. Williams and Dr. Kennedy Alatinga published a paper as well:

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Land for Housing: A Political Resource – Reflections from Zimbabwe’s urban areas. Journal of Southern African Studies, 41 (6): 1219-1238.

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Women Struggles and Large-scale Diamond Mining in Marange, Zimbabwe. The Extractive Industries and Society, 2 (2015): 714-721.

Muchadenyika, D. 2015. Slum Upgrading and Inclusive Municipal Governance in Harare, Zimbabwe: New Perspectives for the Urban Poor. Habitat International, 48 (2015): 1-10.
Alatinga, Kennedy; Williams, John J. (2015): Towards Universal Health Coverage: Exploring the Determinants of Household Enrolment into National Health Insurance in the Kassena Nankana District, Ghana. GIDS, Vol. 12, No. 1&2, 2015: 88-105


Foto from left: Samuel Kapingidza, Dorcas Okyere, Jeremy Waiswa, Metron Ziga, Phoene Oware and Evans Sakyi Boadu.